Q. I love the idea of using a dry shampoo to extend the life of my blow out, but mine doesn't work as well as I'd like it to. What's the correct way to apply it for maximum efficacy?

A. To get the most out of your second day style, reach for Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo, which is formulated to absorb oil and built-up product, extend the life of your color, plus boost volume. Spray it liberally into your roots, and allow it to rest while you brush your teeth, apply your makeup and eat breakfast. Before you walk out the door, use a boar bristle brush to evenly distribute the spray through your strands. "This way, the dry shampoo really has a chance to absorb as much oil as possible, working even better and more quickly than if [you] brushed it out right away," Lauren Hubbard, researcher, tells Allure.

Q. I need more coverage than a tinted moisturizer offers, but there are mornings when I don't have time for more than a single step. Can you recommend a one-step alternative?

A. If you have a foundation that you love - but you aren't able to designate a lot of time to your makeup application - Allure digital editor Lindsay Colameo recommends mixing your everyday foundation with your moisturizer. This technique will give you the coverage and the moisture that your complexion is craving, without requiring multiple steps.

Q. I don't always have time to blow dry my hair. Can you recommend a quick styling technique that will get me out the door - while still looking pulled together?

A. For fuss-free waves - without the use of a blow dryer and curling iron - work a strand-smoothing serum, such as Philip B. Anti-Frizz Formula, through wet hair. Next, craft a simple, loose braid and wind it into a bun, allowing it to dry completely. Once dry, release the braid for loose, uniform waves and easy elegance - in no time flat.

Q: As I've aged, the central part of my face, including my forehead, nose and chin, has become excessively oily. Aside from washing my face, I have no idea how to control the shine. What can I do?

A: It sounds like you struggle with a common problem where the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) produces excess amounts of oil. To restore balance, try using Boots No7 Beautiful Skin T-Zone Rescue Balm, which contains a mattifying blend of witch hazel and zinc to diminish oil and eliminate shine all day long.

Q: I’m trying to minimize clutter and was wondering about the difference between body cream and lotion. Is one more effective than the other?

A: Both body lotions and creams are effective moisturizers, but they differ in thickness, so choose one based on your skin type. Lotions are usually thin and water-based, best for people with normal to oily skin and during warm months. Creams, like L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream, are thick, hydrating and usually oil-based. Reach for cream during the frigid winter or if you have perpetually dry skin. Those with sensitive skin can choose either, as long as it’s dye- and fragrance-free and contains soothing ingredients like Kerstin Florian Chamomile Body Lotion.


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Cold Weather Beauty Handbook. Shorter days and colder temperatures needn’t send you into beauty hibernation. With the right cold weather tips and strategies, you can cozy up to beautiful skin and hair this season – without spending a lot of time and energy. Find out how to resolve cold weather concerns like stressed-out skin and brittle hair, protect kids’ sensitive skin and splurge on much-needed pampering treatments. Plus, revive your style with the latest fashion tips and trends specifically for cold weather.

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L’Occitane Product Handbook. Ready for a beauty routine that truly transforms the health and appearance of your skin? L’Occitane draws upon the riches of nature and the advanced technology of science to deliver real results for your hair, skin and body. Use this guide to L’Occitane products, treatments and ingredients to find out which formulas are right for you and your family.

Office Beauty Handbook: Skincare Guide to a Professional Appearance in the Workplace. The key to professional success isn’t just credentials and job performance. Confidence and presence are essential factors in helping you achieve your goals in the workplace. And whether you’re a makeup maven or a minimalist, creating an office-appropriate look is the first step to exuding inner confidence. Get tips on polishing your appearance to make the right impression with our complete Office Beauty Handbook, featuring articles on everything from looking your best for an interview to unwinding with some post-work pampering.

Sensitive Skincare Handbook. Sensitive skin comes with a variety of symptoms, ranging from acne breakouts to allergic reactions. Looking for solutions to your sensitive skin challenges? Understanding triggers can help you create an effective skincare routine for all skin conditions, ages and seasons. Read on for tips and treatments to keep sensitive skin healthy and beautiful year-round.

Men’s Skincare Handbook. Even the most low-maintenance man can benefit from healthy skincare. Whether men are looking for daily staples to add to their grooming regimen or want to take preventative measures against aging and sun damage, this guide has tips for creating a simple, effective routine for men of all ages and skin types.

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Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil A brow pencil with an ultra-fine point that allows you to mimic hairs to extend your brows and fill in sparseness."
ARCONA Deep Herbalizer Conditioner Intensive conditioning formula, rich with hemp oil, seaweed extract, keratin amino acids and essential oils reconditions damaged hair including damaged hair shafts and replenishes precious moisture. Leaves hair moisturized and conditioned with superb manageability."
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer When long days of work and late nights of play give you a beauty hangover, this is your instant cure. Hangover is a revolutionary makeup primer infused with coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers that work together to boost skin’s radiance, promote elasticity and help hydrate while locking down makeup for fresher, longer and more flawless wear. "

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